Wigan Athletic have endured a season to forget so far, with Paul Cook’s side having suffered four defeats in their first six games, conceding 11 goals and scoring just four themselves. Although the goals conceded column makes for alarming reading, Cook will be looking to his new signing to score the goals they need to get some points of the board.
Kieffer Moore signed for the Latics for a fee of £2.34 million pounds from fellow Championship side Barnsley, and the towering striker may finally provide the regular goalscorer that Wigan have been lacking since the departure of Will Grigg to League One Sunderland back in January for a fee of £3.06 million.
Moore comes to the DW Stadium with a reputation that has enjoyed a gradual rise over the last few seasons, with the 27-year-old being seen as something of a late bloomer by many.
Having started out in non-league with Truro City and Dorchester Town, Moore finally got his chance in league football with Yeovil Town before leaving in 2015 for a brief spell in Norway with Viking Stavanger, Moore had only found the net nine times in almost two years.
He then returned to England for spells with Forest Green Rovers and Torquay United in the National League, before finally finding his scoring boots at League One Rotherham United when he was loaned out by parent club Ipswich Town, with Welshman finding the net on 13 occasions throughout the duration of the 2017/2018 season.
It was this form that convinced Barnsley to part with £765,000 to bring the forward to Oakwell, it was here that Moore enjoyed his best scoring form, netting 23 goals in 55 games during his two-season spell in South Yorkshire.
Moore will bring much-needed quality to the Latics’ frontline, with his main strengths being his ability to win aerial duels and score headed finishes, fitting seemingly into Paul Cook’s philosophy of asking his team to play direct long balls, whilst also seeking to get as many crosses into the area as possible.
The six-foot five-inch frontman is also a threat from set-piece situations, which will no doubt come in handy for Wigan, given that they possess several players who are good from dead-ball situations, such as defender Charlie Mulgrew.
It will help to add another dimension to Wigan’s play with the squad losing its tallest player in defender Dan Burn to Brighton and Hove Albion back in August last year.